Unless they’ve significantly improved Siri, it’s a waste. I don’t know anyone that uses Siri for anything except joking around. It’s that bad.
Apple products have exceptional quality, they stand by the value. I do not know how many will buy, but sound quality should be better.
HomePod is a high-end wireless speaker, wasn’t designed as a vehicle of ambient computing, so doesn’t compete with Echo.
Setup the home pod, music sound great and respond to my Singlish very well